Amazon’s new boxes can be reused as cat condos, forts, or other creations
This week, some Amazon orders will be delivered in “more environmentally friendly” boxes, which can be turned into a rocket, car, or fort for a pet, a robot costume, or a minigolf windmill, the retail giant told USA Today.
- These boxes are part of Amazon’s “Less Packaging, More Smiles” program. The program calls for recycling boxes and includes a QR code that directs consumers to Amazon.com/ThisBox for directions about cardboard creations.
- In a statement, Amazon said: “We know customers love to get creative and reuse their Amazon packaging in a number of ways – this inspired us to create these new packaging designs that give customers an easy way to learn how we’re making our packaging better.”
Kim Houchens, the director of customer packaging experience, said “Inventing and innovating in new types of packaging is one of the many actions we are taking as part of The Climate Pledge – our commitment to become net-zero carbon by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.”
- Amazon has reduced the weight of its packaging by 33%, eliminating over 880,000 tons of material over the years.
- The [American Forest & Paper Association](https://www.paperrecycles.org/statistics/recovery-use-of-old-corrugated-containers-(occ%29) said that 92% of cardboard boxes were recycled.
- Last year, Amazon released a fully recyclable paper padded mailer.
- The Second Chance program provides suggestions on how to recycle Amazon packaging and how to trade in, recycle, or repair products.
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